TWO ways to get to Hawaii for FREE

There are a couple of great credit card offers out there that you will want to consider.  The first is the US BANK Avianca Airlines LifeMiles Signature VISA Card.  This nets you 40,000 LifeMiles, after spending $3,000 within the first 4 months.  If you are not familiar with Avianca, it is a Colombian based airline, which is part of StarAlliance. This means, the miles can be used to book flights on United Airlines, and the many other StarAlliance carriers.  So what does 40,000 miles on Avianca get you? If you your origin is North America, then you can score

  • Hawaii  (40,000 miles)
  • Mexico  (35,000 miles)
  • Caribbean  (35,000 miles)
  • Domestic U.S. (25,000 miles)

These mileage rates are based on a round-trip award ticket.  The sucky part of LifeMiles, is they charge you $25.00 to book the award ticket, whether you call them, or do it online. They also charge $150 to change an award ticket, so be sure you are set on your dates and plans.  The cool thing about Avianca is they do NOT have fuel surcharges on partners, meaning if you fly United, you won’t get dinged with fuel surcharges on the award ticket  Another plus is the website is pretty easy to navigate, and find flights.  Below is the link for the US Bank application page. No annual fee the first year, $75 thereafter. Be aware, this offer ends April 28th, so apply soon!!

The Avianca LifeMiles Visa Signature Card®





The second great credit offer on the block is the new Hawaiian Airlines World Elite MasterCard from Barclays.  This is nice, because many people who had the previous card, offered from Bank of America , can also get this one, since this is a completely different card.  This card does have an annual fee of $89, but you get some pretty good perks with the card. There are no foreign transactions fees, and if you use the card to buy your tickets on Hawaiian Airlines, your first bag is checked free. Pretty standard these days, but nonetheless, a nice touch.  You also get a 50% coach companion ticket, but not sure if that applies for all fares or just the flex full coach fares.  So what does 35,000 miles get you on Hawaiian Airlines?

  • Hawaii (20,000 – 30,000 miles) or 40,000 miles for first class
  • You can redeem the miles on partner airlines (see list here)

The Hawaiian Airlines® World Elite MasterCard®



Cheap Fare to Hawaii from Portland & Seattle

Hawaiian Airlines is offering a cheap fare of $397 for round trip to Hawaii from Portland. You have until November 7th to book your tickets, so if you are planning to do some winter traveling to Hawaii to escape this miserable Northwest weather, this is YOUR chance to do it.  It’s a good price for travel before Christmas.  This is one of the last airlines to offer food service in coach, and the service is really nice. You can find all the details and other booking options here in this LINK.





Cheap Flights to Honolulu from Portland (PDX) *Expired*

Update:  We’re sorry, the $367 fare is no longer available

I received an email from TravelZoo about a fare alert to Honolulu from Portland for $367.  This is pretty darn cheap for a non stop flight on Hawaiian Airlines, and the dates are selective. Of course there are other airlines you can select also, offering prices in that range.   You can click on the tabs for the other months so you can select a return date for the lowest price.  The calendar is pretty widespread in terms of that low price, so if you are looking to book a Hawaiian trip to HNL, this could be a sweet deal! I believe you can credit your miles to other partner airlines, if you are not crediting to Hawaiian Airlines frequent flyer program.  The list of their partners can be found here.